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Chen Yi: Nian Hua (Chinese New Year’s Paintings)

In three challenging movements that called for a variety of interesting effects, the piece was impressive to hear, and satisfying in its outcome.

–Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Chen Yi & Hyla: Paradigm Lost

Paradigm Lost
CHEN YI & LEE HYLA
Paradigm Lost

XAS Records (XAS 103); September 22, 2017
Performer(s): Prism Quartet
Work(s): Not Alone (Chen Yi)
Paradigm Lost (Lee Hyla)
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Chen Yi Composer-in-Residence at Canberra International Music Festival

CHEN YI was Composer-in-Residence at this year’s Canberra International Music Festival in Australia. While offering composition masterclasses to the students at Australian National University and participating in a public forums throughout the festival, Chen Yi also enjoyed multiple performances of her work. Four pieces were included as part of the festival’s theme of “Revolution”: YangKo for violin and two percussionists, Chinese Fables for erhu, pipa, cello, and percussion, Three Dances From China South for Chinese ensemble, and Qi for flute, cello, percussion and piano. Explore these pieces below.

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Chen Yi: Qi

…a quartet for flute, cello, percussion and piano whose title signifies “the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much ancient Chinese philosophy and medicine.” At times extrovert and explosive, at other moments dark and mysterious, its ten minutes cram a wealth of experience…

–Vincent Plush, Limelight Magazine

Chen Yi: Yangko

…a very rhythmic folk dance piece featuring vocalised percussive sounds from all three players, a range of percussion instruments, and the violin singing a sweet song.

–Clinton White, City News